August 12th, 2007


Perils of the Information Age

This morning I had an email from one of my favorite Slate editors, in reply to a correction I had submitted, which stated, in its entirety: "IIi". A little puzzled, I sent a note back asking if the message had gotten mangled. Then I got another email saying, "Rtjkjkujlookke".

My response:

OK, now I'm beginning to think that you have either a cat, or a child who has started walking, who is having some fun with the computer...

Final response in chain:

Latter. Kid got blackberry!

All together now: "Awwwwwwwwwwww..." I wonder whether "rtjkjkujlookke" is an accurate transcription of the noises said child was making, while playing with the blackberry? Also, I wonder whether he eventually figured out that even though it's called a blackberry, it's not the tasty kind...
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